Adam Bateman’s fascination with the relationship between objects and language shines through in his practice—he creates abstract installations composed of seemingly arbitrary, found items that signify words when arranged together. These fragmented elements often come from books, texts, even alphabet soup, all signifiers of words and ultimately interacting as a system of language. Bateman cites references to the theories of Conceptual artists like Joseph Kosuth and Robert Barry, who used text as image, though his works expand on their theories by constructing text with objects, almost as if in a code. Remaining focused on the formal elements of abstraction, Bateman has explored traditional Western depictions of landscapes, attempting to unite their concerns with the conceptual elements of modern movements in sculpture. In The Fourth Thousand Years (2011), for example, Bateman composed a cross section of the Earth wherein he pieced together, book by book, nearly 80,000 pounds of literature.